|Research Methods and Data Analysis Training
ISER-N organized a 5-day training (May 16-20, 2010) on research methods and data analysis at its office in Fulbari, Chitwan. This training was an effort towards enhancing the institution’s social and environmental research capacity building program in Nepal. The goals of this training were: (1) to provide an overview of social and environmental research carried out at the institute for the last 15 years, and (2) to provide an overview of the appropriate data analytical techniques with intensive hands-on exercises. The training was jointly organized by ISER-N and the Population Studies Center (PSC), University of Michigan - ISER-N’s long term collaborative partner in research and capacity building. 17 participants (6 women and 11 men) from governmental and non-governmental organizations, universities, colleges, and independent scholars attended the training.
Dr. Dharma Raj Dangol, the Vice Chairperson and Senior Research Scientist of ISER-N provided an overview of the institute and also discussed the research design, data collection and analysis of longitudinal measures of environmental data. Dr. Lisa Pearce, Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill discussed the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) study design and the mix-methods in data collection. Dr. Prem Bhandari, Senior Research Scientist at ISER-N provided an overview of research activities with a special mention of the complex multi-level longitudinal panel data collected at the institute. Mr. Daniel Thompson, Research Area Specialist at PSC introduced survey data analytic techniques and provided hands-on exercises using the SAS statistical software. Mr. Binoj Shrestha, Research Associate briefed on environmental research at ISER-N and also introduced spatial data analytic techniques using ArcGIS.
The training was partially funded by the PSCs small grant program awarded to Dr. Dirgha J. Ghimire, Chairperson and the Executive Director of the Institute.